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The Athabasca River, Canada

The Athabasca River is the longest river in Alberta, Canada.1 Beginning in the Canadian Rocky Mountains at Jasper National Park, it meanders northeast before ending its 765 mile-long course in Lake Athabasca.2 This journey takes it through the centre of Alberta’s oil sands…
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Canada's Oil Pipelines: Danger of Aging

Old pipelines leak more than new ones Canada's oil pipelines have one major weakness: aging. The Pegasus Pipeline primer on TransCanada’s West-East pipeline was 65 years old when it ruptured. Older pipelines, which have undergone decades of wear and corrosion, can be more…
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Oil Sands Companies

Oil sands are a type of unconventional petrol deposit, most of which are located in Alberta, Canada. Oil sands in Canada are the world’s third largest reserve of oil, behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Oil sands companies have secured Canada's place in the global oil…
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Shocking Oil Sands before and after

What are Oil Sands? Oil sands are a natural mixture of sand, water, clay and a type of oil called bitumen. Due to their dark, sticky appearance, they're often called "tar sands" - although it's actually the bitumen that forms the thick, tar-like substance1. These tar…